Georgia Senator Jon Ossoff has been leading a bipartisan groundbreaking investigation for close to 12 months into the deaths of nearly 1,000 American citizens not accounted for in America’s jails and prisons. During this investigation, the legal team at the Claiborne Firm and the families they represent were on hand to testify about the loved ones they lost in the gears of a broken justice system, and the failure of the Department of Justice to monitor states to ensure deaths are properly reported.
When the City of Savannah tried to institute a ban on signs protesting the visit of Vice President Mike Pence at the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Claiborne Firm served as local counsel with the ACLU of Georgia to file an emergency lawsuit in Federal Court, alleging a violation of the First Amendment. The city immediately backed down in the face of our swift action on behalf of our constitutional rights.
In February of 2016, a young man named Patrick Mumford was wrongfully detained by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department, who was serving a warrant for another man. Despite identifying himself twice, Metro Police officers tased Patrick in the back and arrested him for obstruction. The Claiborne Firm recovered a $100,000 settlement from the City of Savannah after a massive awareness campaign engaged millions of users online.